Brian Terhorst, Board President
Name of My Show: Harmony Ridge
Brian arrived at KVMR as an office volunteer in 1991. He enrolled in the broadcaster training class the following spring and was assigned his first program (First Light, Fridays, 4-7am) while the class was still underway. Six weeks later, Brian applied for the Saturday morning slot vacated by the legendary John Nichols and Harmony Ridge was born that summer. Harmony Ridge offered contemporary folk and acoustic music on Saturday mornings for the next fifteen years. In 2006, Harmony Ridge was honored with KVMR’s prestigious Listener’s Choice Award.
Brian’s on-air work became the backdrop for a deepening involvement with KVMR and community radio. He continued as an office volunteer and was elected to two terms on the Program Committee. In 1994, he joined KVMR’s paid staff initially as Membership Coordinator but quickly expanded his roles to include Events Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. When the General Manager position opened early in 1996, Brian applied and was selected that summer. He continued in that position for the next ten years. During Brian’s tenure as GM, he was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) where he represented the station at the national level. Brian served as the NFCB Board Chair for four of his six years there.
In 2006, Brian stepped down as KVMR’s GM to pursue other interests but his radio career wasn’t over. He continued to produce Harmony Ridge and KVMR’s Celtic Festival, an event he had helped found in 1996. In 2007, Brian was recruited as the General Manager of North State Public Radio (NSPR) – the NPR affiliate based at California State University Chico. Brian moved to Chico that spring and served in that role for the next eight years. During Brian’s tenure at NSPR, he reprised Harmony Ridge Saturday afternoons for almost four years. Brian retired from Chico State at the end of 2014 and returned to the Sierra Foothills in 2016.
Brian and Harmony Ridge returned to KVMR’s regular schedule in May 2019 rotating with Dave “Buzz” Barnett on Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm. Harmony Ridge features lyrically-driven contemporary folk, singer/songwriters, acoustic, Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, and folk rock. Brian’s educational background is in Anthropology, Archaeology, Architectural History and the History of the American West – themes that often find expression in his programming.
In 2018, Brian served on the Board of Directors’ four-person Search Committee to identify the station’s new General Manager, Ali Lightfoot. Early in 2020, KVMR’s Board Development Committee recruited Brian to consider running for the Board. Brian promptly joined three of the Board’s standing committees and, in September 2020, he was elected to the KVMR Board and named President for the 2021 Term. Brian assumed office on October 1st, one month shy of his 29th anniversary with the station.